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Plantin - Moretus Museum

Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
32 03 221 1450
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Ranked #2 of 81 attractions in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin... more » Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company. « less
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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Loved the Plantin-Moretus Museum. I am a history buff though, but it was so interesting to see the first Gutenburg bible as well as the first printed sheet music. The section with the first libraries is amazing, so is the early maps section. Do not forget (as I initially did) to go outside and see the ateliers. It is fascinating... More

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is not only a printing museum but a home to the printing family for generations. It feels like being in a vermeer interior. Contains treasures like a Gutenberg Bible and ancient maps. It was larger than I expected and just as interesting!

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I was surprised by this museum. I wasn't anticipating that a printing museum would be all that interesting. It was, and the building it was in helped. It's the original house, most from the 1500s. Exploring each old room with creaky floors is nice. Also, the original owner was a friend of the artist Rubens, so the house is filled... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

If Golden Ages interest you, then this edifice will fill you with delights about the history of the local printing industry. Its really an engaging look at Antwerp's 16th century Golden Age. Every kid in Antwerp,including the kid in me, come to find out how the city became one of Europe's most important printing cities. Lots of printing presses,smartly decorated... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a lovely experience - something completely different. Easy to walk to from central Antwerp. The museum is located in the house of the family who developed printing in Belgium and the house itself is magnificent, especially the wonderful courtyard. It gives a real insight into how the wealthy families of the time lived. The contents of the museum... More

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Gaeta, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Very cool museum in the house of an old printer. You are able to see the oldest printing presses in the world in his ancient print shop, a old world book shop, the whole house, and many beautiful printed works. This museum is not just about the printing press but the collection of works and the home of the man... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Very interesting history of print with a Guttenburg bible thrown in. Well worth a visit and if you have the Antwerp city card, this one is part of the deal.

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Antwerpen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This museum is a gem! Housed in an historic building, it provides a fascinating insight into the long history of the printing business in Antwerp. It is superbly laid out and documented and has an amazing collection of machines and artifacts from many centuries. The building itself justifies the visit as it was perhaps the most important printing house in... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Plantin-Moretus is an extraordinary place to visit for its large historical library containing many works of Justus Lipsius and for the important influence it had on the economic growth and social system of Antwerp and through the humanism on the whole of western Europe. Rens Lipsius- descendant of Justus Lipsius.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Beautiful, comprehensive, expansive, stunningly preserved. This museum is an essential part of any itinerary in Antwerp.

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